WORLD CUP 2018 QUALIFIERS NEWS
Argentina minus Lionel Messi slump to shock defeat in Bolivia

Argentina minus Lionel Messi slump to shock defeat in Bolivia

Bolivia took advantage of Lionel Messi's absence to claim a comfortable 2-0 victory, harming Argentina's hopes of World Cup qualification in La Paz on Tuesday.

Netherlands suffer shock qualifying defeat at Bulgaria

Netherlands suffer shock qualifying defeat at Bulgaria

Netherlands are in danger of failing to qualify for a second straight major tournament after losing 2-0 to Bulgaria in a World Cup qualifier on Saturday.

Romelu Lukaku salvages late draw for Belgium against Greece

Romelu Lukaku salvages late draw for Belgium against Greece

Greece celebrated their independence day holiday by holding Belgium to a 1-1 draw in Brussels in World Cup qualifying on Saturday.

Olivier Giroud brace helps France win away to Luxembourg

Olivier Giroud brace helps France win away to Luxembourg

France saw off a spirited challenge from Luxembourg to win 3-1 at Stade Josy Barthel and stay clear at the top of World Cup qualifying Group A.

Cristiano Ronaldo guides Portugal past Hungary with two goals

Cristiano Ronaldo guides Portugal past Hungary with two goals

Cristiano Ronaldo teamed up with rising talent Andre Silva to score twice and lead Portugal past Hungary 3-0 in World Cup qualifying on Saturday.

Gianluigi Buffon leads Italy to victory in 1,000th career came

Gianluigi Buffon leads Italy to victory in 1,000th career came

Italy beat Albania 2-0 in World Cup qualifying as goalkeeper GIanluigi Buffon made his 1,000th professional appearance.

Spain control Israel to remain atop World Cup qualifying group

Spain control Israel to remain atop World Cup qualifying group

David Silva helped Spain move a step closer to next year's World Cup finals in Russia with a 4-1 victory over Group G rivals Israel in Gijon.

Messi penalty jumps Argentina to third in CONMEBOL standings

Messi penalty jumps Argentina to third in CONMEBOL standings

Lionel Messi scored the only goal as Argentina kept alive their hopes of World Cup qualification with a 1-0 win over Chile in Buenos Aires.

Paulinho hat trick puts Brazil on verge of World Cup qualification

Paulinho hat trick puts Brazil on verge of World Cup qualification

Paulinho hit a hat-trick as Brazil recorded a 4-1 victory over Uruguay in Montevideo to move seven points clear in the CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying standings.

Podolski scores stunning winner against England to end Germany career in style

Podolski scores stunning winner against England to end Germany career in style

Lukas Podolski scored the winner in his final international appearance as Germany defeated England 1-0 in Dortmund.

Argentina and Lionel Messi soar past Colombia in World Cup qualifying

Argentina and Lionel Messi soar past Colombia in World Cup qualifying

Lionel Messi's stunning free kick helped Argentina give their World Cup qualification hopes a timely boost with a 3-0 win over Colombia.

Brazil beat Peru to make it six qualifying wins in a row

Brazil beat Peru to make it six qualifying wins in a row

Manchester City-bound forward Gabriel Jesus scored one and set up another as Brazil made it six wins in a row with a 2-0 victory over Peru.

Cristiano Ronaldo scores twice but misses penalty as Portgual win

Cristiano Ronaldo scores twice but misses penalty as Portgual win

Cristiano Ronaldo scored a brace and missed a second-half penalty as Euro 2016 winners Portugal eased to victory in their World Cup qualifier against Latvia.

Mertens, Lukaku star as Belgium thump Estonia in qualifying

Mertens, Lukaku star as Belgium thump Estonia in qualifying

Belgium thumped Estonia 8-1 to make it four wins out of four in Group H of the World Cup qualifiers.

Memphis Depay double sparks Netherlands past Luxembourg

Memphis Depay double sparks Netherlands past Luxembourg

Memphis Depay scored two second-half goals to spare Netherlands' blushes in a 3-1 World Cup qualifying win in Luxembourg.

Spain set home record in smashing defeat of Macedonia

Spain set home record in smashing defeat of Macedonia

Spain's 4-0 win over Macedonia -- their 93rd home victory in a qualifying campaign -- set a new all-time record.

Italy beat Liechtenstein to keep pace with group leaders Spain

Italy beat Liechtenstein to keep pace with group leaders Spain

Andrea Belotti scored twice as Italy kept the pressure on Group G leaders Spain with a 4-0 win over Liechtenstein in Vaduz.

Mitrovic cancels out Bale opener in Wales-Serbia draw

Mitrovic cancels out Bale opener in Wales-Serbia draw

Wales suffered a World Cup blow as Serbia struck late on at the Cardiff City Stadium to earn a 1-1 draw.

England notch up three-goal win against Scotland at Wembley

England notch up three-goal win against Scotland at Wembley

England cruised to a comfortable 3-0 win over Scotland at Wembley, overcoming an uncertain opening spell to take all three points thanks to headed goals from Daniel Sturridge, Adam Lallana and Gary Cahill.

Paul Pogba and Dimitri Payet steer France to win over Sweden

Paul Pogba and Dimitri Payet steer France to win over Sweden

France moved three points clear of Sweden at the top of Group A as they came from behind to beat them 2-1 thanks to goals from Paul Pogba and Dimitri Payet.

Serge Gnabry hits hat trick as Germany rout San Marino

Serge Gnabry hits hat trick as Germany rout San Marino

A Serge Gnabry hat trick helped Germany remain on top of Group C with an emphatic 8-0 defeat of San Marino at the Olimpico di Serravalle.

Poland beat Romania as crowd trouble mars Bucharest game

Poland beat Romania as crowd trouble mars Bucharest game

Robert Lewandowski scored twice for Poland but he is likely to remember the 3-0 World Cup Qualifying win in Romania for a different reason.

England battle to draw in Slovenia as Joe Hart stars

England battle to draw in Slovenia as Joe Hart stars

England needed a fine display from goalkeeper Joe Hart to scrape a goalless draw away to Slovenia in their 2018 World Cup qualification clash in Group F.

Draxler, Khedira goals help Germany control Northern Ireland

Draxler, Khedira goals help Germany control Northern Ireland

A pair of goals in four first-half minutes saw Germany coast to a 2-0 World Cup qualifying victory over Northern Ireland in Hanover.

Brazil cruise to 2-0 win over Venezuela despite Neymar absence in Merida

Brazil cruise to 2-0 win over Venezuela despite Neymar absence in Merida

Brazil moved to the top of the pile in the 2018 World Cup South American qualifying group with a 2-0 win over Venezuela.

Paraguay shock Argentina as struggles without Messi continue

Paraguay shock Argentina as struggles without Messi continue

Argentina's stuttering World Cup qualifying campaign continued as they were beaten 1-0 at home by Paraguay.

Paul Pogba's strike sends Dutch to first WC qualifying loss since 2001

Paul Pogba's strike sends Dutch to first WC qualifying loss since 2001

Paul Pogba scored a spectular long-range goal as France took control of Group A with a 1-0 win over Netherlands.

Andre Silva nets hat trick as Portugal roll over Faroe Islands

Andre Silva nets hat trick as Portugal roll over Faroe Islands

Andre Silva notched a first-half hat trick as Portugal strolled to a 6-0 win against the Faroe Islands in Torshavn.

Christian Benteke historic goal, hat trick help Belgium beat Gibraltar

Christian Benteke historic goal, hat trick help Belgium beat Gibraltar

Christian Benteke scored the quickest ever goal in World Cup qualifying to help Belgium to a comfortable 6-0 victory away at Gibraltar.

Costa and Nolito punish plucky Albania, but Ramos limps off injured

Costa and Nolito punish plucky Albania, but Ramos limps off injured

Spain overcame a spirited Albania with second half goals from Diego Costa and Nolito sealing a deserved victory - but there was concern as captain Sergio Ramos suffered a knee injury late on.

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World Cup finals draw pots now known after completion of qualifying
World Cup 2018 news

World Cup finals draw pots now known after completion of qualifying

The seedings for the 2018 World Cup finals draw can now be confirmed after Peru booked the 32nd and last place at next summer's tournament in Russia.

Gian Piero Ventura sacked by Italy following World Cup failure
Italy news

Gian Piero Ventura sacked by Italy following World Cup failure

Gian Piero Ventura has been sacked as coach of Italy after failing to guide them to next summer's World Cup, the Italian Football Federation has announced.

Denmark reach World Cup, doom Ireland after Eriksen's hat trick
Republic of Ireland 1 - 5 Denmark

Denmark reach World Cup, doom Ireland after Eriksen's hat trick

Christian Eriksen's hat trick helped Denmark qualify for the 2018 World Cup with a 5-1 win over Republic of Ireland, whose hopes ended in the UEFA playoffs once more.

Italy eliminated as resilient Sweden earn draw
Italy 0 - 0 Sweden

Italy eliminated as resilient Sweden earn draw

Italy have failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1958, as Sweden secured their spot in Russia after the teams' 0-0 draw on Monday in Milan.

Croatia cruise into World Cup finals after second-leg draw vs. Greece
Greece 0 - 0 Croatia

Croatia cruise into World Cup finals after second-leg draw vs. Greece

Croatia comfortably negotiated the second leg of their play-off tie against Greece with a goalless draw sealing their place at next summer's World Cup.

Northern Ireland's finals dream crushed by Switzerland in dramatic ending
Switzerland 0 - 0 Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland's finals dream crushed by Switzerland in dramatic ending

Northern Ireland saw their World Cup dream die in Basel on Sunday, though it was a controversial penalty three days earlier that ultimately sent Switzerland through to Russia.

Ireland hold Denmark to first leg stalemate
Denmark 0 - 0 Republic of Ireland

Ireland hold Denmark to first leg stalemate

Darren Randolph was the Republic of Ireland's hero as they returned from Denmark with a clean sheet in a 0-0 draw after surviving a stern test of their World Cup credentials.

Johansson strikes as Sweden take upper hand against Italy
Sweden 1 - 0 Italy

Johansson strikes as Sweden take upper hand against Italy

Italy must beat Sweden at San Siro on Monday to have any hope of qualifying for the World Cup in Russia after Jakob Johansson condemned the Azzurri to a 1-0 first-leg defeat in Stockholm.

Croatia open three-goal lead over Greece after playoff first leg
Croatia 4 - 1 Greece

Croatia open three-goal lead over Greece after playoff first leg

Croatia put one foot toward a place in Russia next year with a 4-1 win over Greece in the first leg of their World Cup qualifying playoff on Thursday.

Controversial penalty hands Switzerland first-leg win vs. N. Ireland
N. Ireland 0 - 1 Switzerland

Controversial penalty hands Switzerland first-leg win vs. N. Ireland

Northern Ireland experienced their own Thierry Henry moment in a World Cup playoff as Switzerland gained the upper hand in Belfast with a controversially-awarded penalty.

Italy to play Sweden, Rep of Ireland to meet Denmark in World Cup playoff
World Cup playoff draw

Italy to play Sweden, Rep of Ireland to meet Denmark in World Cup playoff

Italy have been drawn against Sweden in the European playoffs for the 2018 World Cup, while Republic of Ireland will meet Denmark.

Lionel Messi at his best as hat trick carries Argentina into World Cup
Ecuador 1 - 3 Argentina

Lionel Messi at his best as hat trick carries Argentina into World Cup

Argentina conceded after just 37 seconds in their must-win game against Ecuador -- but Lionel Messi came to the rescue as his side booked their place at next summer's World Cup.

United States will miss the 2018 World Cup after loss to Trinidad and Tobago
Trinidad and Tobago 2 - 1 USA

United States will miss the 2018 World Cup after loss to Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad and Tobago beat the United States 2-1 in the team's final Hexagonal World Cup qualifier, meaning the Americans will miss out on the game's biggest tournament in Russia in 2018.

Netherlands eliminated from World Cup contention despite win
Netherlands 2 - 0 Sweden

Netherlands eliminated from World Cup contention despite win

Sweden secured a spot in the UEFA World Cup qualifying playoffs despite losing 2-0 to Netherlands, whose elimination was confirmed.

Portugal defeat Switzerland to secure berth at 2018 World Cup
Portugal 2 - 0 Switzerland

Portugal defeat Switzerland to secure berth at 2018 World Cup

Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal confirmed their spot at the 2018 World Cup by beating Switzerland 2-0 in their final UEFA qualifier on Tuesday.

Antoine Griezmann leads France to win and place at 2018 World Cup
France 2 - 1 Belarus

Antoine Griezmann leads France to win and place at 2018 World Cup

Antoine Griezmann scored one and made another as France secured World Cup qualification with a narrow 2-1 victory over Belarus in Paris.

Antonio Candreva's goal enough to give Italy victory in Albania
Albania 0 - 1 Italy

Antonio Candreva's goal enough to give Italy victory in Albania

Antonio Candreva's second-half strike was enough for Italy to end their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign with a narrow 1-0 victory in Albania.

McClean goal lifts Rep. of Ireland into playoff
Republic of Ireland 1 - 0 Wales

McClean goal lifts Rep. of Ireland into playoff

James McClean sent the Republic of Ireland into a World Cup playoff as Wales' hopes of qualification were ended by a 1-0 defeat in Cardiff.

Serbia seal World Cup berth as Croatia reach play-offs
Serbia 1-0 Georgia

Serbia seal World Cup berth as Croatia reach play-offs

Serbia qualified for the 2018 World Cup after a 74th-minute goal by substitute Aleksandar Prijovic gave them a 1-0 home win over Georgia on Monday and enabled them to finish top of Europe's Group D with 21 points from 10 games.

Iceland down Kosovo to qualify for World Cup for first time
Iceland 2 - 0 Kosovo

Iceland down Kosovo to qualify for World Cup for first time

Iceland reached the World Cup for the first time when they beat Kosovo 2-0 on Monday to finish top of Group I and qualify for next year's finals in Russia.

Illarramendi stunner ensures Spain finish campaign unbeaten
Israel 0 - 1 Spain

Illarramendi stunner ensures Spain finish campaign unbeaten

Spain ended their qualification campaign by beating Israel 1-0 on a frustrating night at the Teddy Stadium in Jerusalem.

Robert Lewandowski helps Poland seal World Cup berth with Montenegro win
Poland 4 - 2 Montenegro

Robert Lewandowski helps Poland seal World Cup berth with Montenegro win

Poland sealed their first World Cup spot since the 2006 tournament after an early onslaught and a late flourish, including a goal from the excellent Robert Lewandowski, gave them a 4-2 home win over Montenegro on Sunday.

Germany beat Azerbaijan to maintain perfect qualification record
Germany 5 - 1 Azerbaijan

Germany beat Azerbaijan to maintain perfect qualification record

Leon Goretzka inspired Germany to a 5-1 rout over Azerbaijan as the defending champions wrapped up their World Cup qualification campaign in style.

Harry Kane penalty enough to seal dull England win over Lithuania
Lithuania 0 - 1 England

Harry Kane penalty enough to seal dull England win over Lithuania

England once again disappointed in victory as Gareth Southgate's men stuttered against Lithuania in the final competitive match before next summer's World Cup.

Egypt qualify for Russia 2018 with late Mohamed Salah goal
Egypt 2 - 1 Congo

Egypt qualify for Russia 2018 with late Mohamed Salah goal

Egypt became the second African nation after Nigeria to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup following a last-gasp 2-1 win against Congo-Brazzaville.

Italy finish second place in Group G after Macedonia draw
Italy 1 - 1 Macedonia

Italy finish second place in Group G after Macedonia draw

Giampiero Ventura's misfiring Italy limped into the uncertainty of the World Cup qualifying playoffs after being held to a 1-1 draw by Macedonia in Turin.

Spain book Russia spot with comfy defeat of Albania
Spain 3 - 0 Albania

Spain book Russia spot with comfy defeat of Albania

Spain sealed their place in next year's World Cup finals with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Albania in a match which saw La Roja centre-back Gerard Pique once again the target of whistles and jeers.

Carlos Lampe the hero as Brazil draw vs. Bolivia in La Paz
Bolivia 0 - 0 Brazil

Carlos Lampe the hero as Brazil draw vs. Bolivia in La Paz

Brazil and Bolivia played an entertaining 0-0 draw in a game that did nothing to change either side's World Cup fate on Thursday.

Argentina's World Cup hopes in trouble after goalless draw vs. Peru
Argentina 0 - 0 Peru

Argentina's World Cup hopes in trouble after goalless draw vs. Peru

Argentina are in peril of missing their first World Cup since 1970 after they were held to a 0-0 draw against Peru.

Germany seal place in World Cup finals with comfortable victory over Northern Ireland
Germany 1 - 3 Northern Ireland

Germany seal place in World Cup finals with comfortable victory over Northern Ireland

Germany will be in Russia next summer to defend their World Cup crown having sealed their qualification by inflicting a first competitive home defeat on Northern Ireland in four years.